Will Ryan Day Be Changing Buckeyes' Approach to Michigan Game?
At Ohio State, preparation for the Michigan game has become as much a part of the football program as the buckeye leaf stickers applied to the players' helmets. Workouts and practices both have periods named after the team up north. The word "Michigan" is not permitted to be spoken, and it's best not to show up to the football facilities decked out in blue.
I am exceedingly glad on a day in late July, our Head Coach and senior players Fuller and Cooper are describing why and how they give respect to... that program up north.
The absence of hype & arrogance & egoism run amok is... 'curiously refreshing' ... and must be re-newed each Day, just as is this team's 'commitment to excellence' in 'walking our talk.'
For we can always work toward it, but never 'have' it.
Let Tressel address the team on Monday to start michigan week off...let Meyer address the team on Friday before they head up north...then let Day make his mark on Saturday with a pre-game speech and performance for the ages.
I think it is hilarious that Brady Hoke has a better record against the Bucks than the Khaki man ROFL!
Ryan Day had first hand training on The Game! I think we will be just fine. People act as if he's some sort of outsider in hist first year. This is Day's THIRD year with Ohio State!
It will always be considered, "THE GAME." You are defined as what you do as a football player in the Michigan game. Your legacy as an Ohio State Buckeye is based on the fact of did you win or lose that particular game? I have been to Ohio State football practices many times, and I can tell you that they are as intense as anything that I have seen. Yes....there is respect for Michigan as our rival. However, there is also a very strong "hate" for them. I worked as a recruiting assistant for Steve Pederson/ OSU football in the 1980's, early 1990's while Coach Cooper was there. I remember the 1990 game when we lost because we got stuffed on a 4th down play. The next week, we had this irate fan calling in from Cleveland saying he was going to come down and rip our throats out! (LOL) It is a warm memory now but not then!! It reassured me then that it's not just another game...it is THE Game! I also sat by Earle Bruce at an Ohio State clinic a few years ago before he passed away. You knew talking with him how important that game was, especially in 1987. Ryan Day knows how important the Michigan game is. I listened to him this past April at the Woody Hayes Facility talk about it. He knows that his success/legacy is based on that game. My wife and I are both Ohio State graduates, and our son currently attends OSU. My daughter is thinking about going there as well. So, we all understand the importance of this rivalry. No one and I mean no one, has the traditions and culture of The Ohio State University! It is a first rate university with GREAT academics and traditions. Go Bucks!
Well said, Buckeye! Why did you have to bring up that 1990 memory!? 😉 Haha. I was at that game as well. That probably was right up there with the 1996 13-9 chock-job against Michigan as well. That one seemed to sting the most though because, yet again, we were undefeated going into The Game!
Just ask Cooper about that game; 2-9-1 and wasted National Title shots, perfect seasons, reputations and finally a head coaching job.